Catalogs from the top 50 technology vendors
Informative materials about technology
Articles on disability issues and technology assistance
Funding information and resources
Video library - product demonstrations and related topics
Technology Newsletters & Magazines available
Making the Computer easier to see, hear and use. That is Microsoft's commitment. "They have worked hard over the years to make sure this happens and continues to happen" states Joanne Castellano, Director of the TECHConnection.
"At Microsoft, our mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. We consider our mission statement a promise to our customers. We deliver on that promise by striving to create technology that is accessible to everyone—including people who experience the world in different ways because of impairments and disabilities. To learn more about their mission go to microsoft.com.
To learn about the accessibility in Microsoft's products and how easy it is, visit their website at microsoft.com/enable
To learn about Accessible Technology: A guide for Educators, go to microsoft.com/education.
You can ALSO visit the TECHConnection and see first hand the accessibility features that are built into every computer. Just call us to let us know when you want to come in to our accessibility Lab.
AccessibilityOnline represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board.
The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.
Click link for more information: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/
AbilityHub A starting point for locating Assistive Technology for accessing computers.
Abledata Abledata is a searchable database of assistive technology products, and companies which make and sell them.
ATA (The Alliance for Technology Access) A network of community-based resource centers, developers and vendors dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.
ATNetwork--Assistive Technology...Tools for Living A Guide to Easier Living with Technology
Blue Rose Videos with a Voice A unique video rental service designed especially for people with visual impairments. They currently stock over 150 commercial video titles, all complete with narratives that describe what other people can see on the screen, like costumes, facial expressions and actions.
Captioned Media Program This program provides free-loan, open-captioned videos to deaf and hard of hearing persons. More than 4,000 titles including classic movies, educational videos, and special-interest videos are available. Open-captioned videos, like subtitles, provide the viewer all the information contained in the audio track.
CAST CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for people with disabilities through innovative multimedia computer technology. We pursue this mission through research, product development, and direct services.
Closing The Gap CTG is an organization which promotes microcomputer technology for people with special needs, through a major annual conference, a periodical, and a resource directory.
Curbcut.com Curbcut.com is a gathering place for folks in wheelchairs and their friends who are looking for information and resources.
Enabling Devices Enabling Devices, a division of Toys for Special Children, Inc., is a company dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people with disabling conditions.
The Family Center on Technology The Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) created the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) to provide information about assistive technologies to organizations that work with the families of children with disabilities. The Center is currently administered by a partnership comprised of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER Center), the center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and InfoUse, Inc. There are currently more than 800 organizations in the FCTD Knowledge Network. As a member of the Network, you will receive monthly newsletters, information about our online discussions, and other resources as they are produced. Through the membership database you can search for organizations by state, target disability(ies) and type of organization. Our AT database provides reviews of books, articles, studies, and other resources that address a wide array of technologies and disabilities.
My MS My Way Your guide to using technology to help improve the way you live with multiple sclerosis (MS).
NCIP The National Center to Improve Practice is a federally funded project focusing on special education and technology.
Parents Helping Parents Meeting children's special needs through Parents Helping Parents - including a special section featuring assistive technology.
RehabTool.com Proposes leading-edge assistive and adaptive technology products and services for children and adults with disabilities. Offers Free product search and referrals to help you find assistive solutions.
Trace Research and Development Center Find a multitude of resources regarding access for people with disabilities at the Trace Center's site. Included is a link to their gopher server where valuable documents are available.
Ability Magazine Ability Magazine's goal is to heighten public awareness, and present progressive positive information regarding disability issues.
Help for students with visual impairment. Resources, scholarships, finding the right college, etc.
Allen, Shea, and Associates Bill Allen and John Shea share their expertise on the topics of person-centered planning, supported employment, and supported living, for people with disabilities.
The Arc The Arc of the United States, a national organization on mental retardation, offers a beautiful web site containing an enormous number of resources related to developmental and other disabilities.
Canine Companions for Independence Non-profit provider of service dogs for people with various disabilities.
Department of Education Online Library This is an up-to-date, huge and growing library of documents, materials, reports, descriptions of initiatives, etc., at the Department of Education.
Disability Info.gov The comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.
ERIC Access immense educational resource libraries: articles, lesson plans, searchable data bases, SunSITE (Software, Information, and Technology Exchange).
Family Village Family Village is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with disabilities, their families, and those that provide services and supports.
Job Accommodation Network The Job Accommodation Network assists people interested in reasonable accommodation under the ADA.
New Mobility Magazine Disability lifestyle and culture; many resources.
Outlook Magazine's Disability Web The online magazine for the worldwide disability community - with a special section featuring adaptive technology and the Internet
PACER CENTER The PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) in Minneapolis offers a world of information, including links to a myriad of disability resources on the web.
TASH TASH is a national organization whose mission is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity and equality of life for children and adults with disabilities. Their web site includes conference info, governmental affairs issues, position statements, membership and publication info.
Webable Webable is billed as a "First-Stop-Shop" site for people with disabilities. It is a well-organized internet directory with links to many, many resources for people with disabilities.
WheelchairNet Wheelchair Net is an Internet community providing free information and services on wheelchair technology, its improvement, and its successful application.
Yahoo's disability resources View the set of www sites listed by Yahoo (the search engine) as related to disability issues.
Bookshare.org Bookshare.org is a new online community that enables people in the United States with visual or other print disabilities to legally share scanned books.
SoftBook allows reading of one page at a time. It is approximately the same size as a book, and targets professional and technical populations. $599.
RocketBook (1.4 lb.) is the size and thickness of a novel $499.
Peanut Reader This is software for the Palm family of PDAs. It enables searches and bookmarking of Palm-formatted e-books. FREE
Microsoft Reader: Microsoft's e-book reading software is available as a free download from the Microsoft web site and at BarnesandNoble.com. Microsoft Reader is for desktop and laptop computers and will be packaged with Pocket PC and other Microsoft products. FREE
Books24x7.com: This is a web site for distribution of titles. Readers can view abbreviated portions of books before purchase. A single month subscription is $24.95.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts: This is a collection of digital documents. The scope of documents in the collection includes items from American and English literature and Western philosophies. FREE
Bartleby.com: Comprehensive database of reference, verse, and classic literature. Summaries of each book. Enhanced navigational tools and cross-referencing. No access fees. FREE
Ebrary.com: Authoritative research library and information resource. Powerful InfoTools to perform searches and provide definitions, translations, biographies and more. No access fees. FREE
NetLibrary: A comprehensive collection of electronic books. Full-text searches of single or multiple e-books. Printing and copying limited to one page, and online check-out limited to one patron per book.